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Bryan Clauson saved five lives through organ donation, family says

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Bryan Clauson, considered the top dirt-track racer in the country, has died from injuries suffered in an accident at the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals USAC midget race. He was 27. (Source: AP/Rainier Ehrhardt, File) Bryan Clauson, considered the top dirt-track racer in the country, has died from injuries suffered in an accident at the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals USAC midget race. He was 27. (Source: AP/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -

Top dirt-track racer Bryan Clauson's legacy will live on after he saved five lives by being an organ donor, his family said on Facebook Wednesday.

“The gift of life is the most amazing gesture and Bryan will live on not only through us and all the people he touched along the way, but from the lucky individuals that will benefit from Bryan making a decision to be a donor,” the post said.

The wildly popular Clauson died Sunday night from injuries he suffered in a crash during a weekend race in Kansas. The announcement of his death was made by officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“"Our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire that he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars he would park in victory lane," the Clauson family said in a statement released by the speedway. "However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fan's day, or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation toward his friends, family and fans.”

Clauson was leading Saturday night’s race at the Belleville Midget Nationals when he crashed while passing lapped traffic; his car rolled and was hit by another competitor.

The driver was involved in a crash just 24 hours before the fatal wreck. After Friday night's crash, he went on Twitter to express his appreciation after the "tough hit" for his safety equipment, his chassis manufacturer and his team for getting his car ready to race again.

Clauson was a four-time USAC national champion and a three-time winner and defending champion at Belleville. 

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